It's been more than a month since students poured out of the stands and onto the court at McKenzie Arena to celebrate the Lady Mocs upset of the 20th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols. Since then, UTC has given its fans even more to cheer about.
The Lady Mocs are off to a 7-1 start that includes the UTK win, a pair of Southern Conference victories and a win on the road at SEC foe Alabama. Chattanooga's lone loss was a 70-67 defeat at the hands of Saint Mary's College in the Gaels Thanksgiving Classic in California.
The start is Chattanooga's fourth best one-loss record in school history and that has put Chattanooga on the national stage once again. The Lady Mocs are ranked fifth in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. That's up from its No. 38 ranking in the preseason poll behind SoCon rivals Appalachian State and Davidson as well as instate foes MTSU and UT Martin.
Chattanooga has been included in the votes in all but the preseason poll in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches polls. According to RealTimeRPI.com, the Lady Mocs have an RPI of 10 with Tennessee currently ranking eighth.
In the latest NCAA rankings, the Lady Mocs are in the Top 50 in 12 of the 17 categories and sub-100 in two more while topping the Southern Conference in four categories including assist-turnover ratio and 3-point field goal percentage.
The Lady Mocs are ranked 23rd in the nation out of 343 NCAA Division I team in scoring offense with 75.4 points per game. Coupled with its 56.8 points per game scored by its opponents (94th), the Lady Mocs are ranked 25th in the NCAA for scoring margin averaging 18.6 points more than its opponents per game.
Chattanooga leads the Southern Conference in 3-point shooting with 7.6 per game, 21st best in the nation and have topped the double-digit mark three times with a season-best 13 against Saint Mary's. With a 7-1 record, Chattanooga is ranked 24th in the NCAA for winning percentage (87.5%).
Individually, four Chattanooga players are ranked among the top 250 in the country with senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) ranked 26th for 3-point field goal percentage (45%) and 94th for 3-pointers made (2.25/game). Junior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) is ranked 68th in the country for field goal percentage and second in the SoCon, making 51 percent of her shots.
Junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) was selected the league's first Player of the Week this year and was named the College Sports Madness Mid-Major National Player of the Week. Christopher earned Student-Athlete of the Week honors for her performance on the court and in the classroom and was selected to the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team after dropping in nine 3-pointers over the weekend.
The Lady Mocs continue the season Wednesday, December 12 when they host OVC opponent Jacksonville State led by Annette Watts, former Davidson head coach. The Gamecocks are 0-8 on the season and have yet to start league action. UTC is 7-1 against Jacksonville State, but the two teams have not met since Moore's second season.
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